Peanut Butter Hearts are an easy dessert that you can make at home, using only 5 ingredients! This version is naturally dairy-free when you use vegan chocolate chips, and is a fun activity to make at home with kids.
Ingredients You’ll Need
What’s in a peanut butter heart? A store-bought egg has WAY more than 5 ingredients, but for this homemade version you can use items that you probably already have in your pantry.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Peanut butter
- Coconut flour (adds thickness)
- Maple syrup
- Dark chocolate or chocolate chips
That’s it! You can stir together the filling in just minutes, and then you can make the cute heart shapes.
Note: These heart shapes are perfect for a holiday like Valentine’s Day or an anniversary, but I’ve also got you covered with Peanut Butter Eggs if you want a version for Easter. You could make tree shapes or pumpkin shapes, too!
Prefer a date-sweetened option? Check out my date-sweetened peanut butter pumpkins, as well.
How to Make Them
To make these Peanut Butter Hearts, you’ll first stir together the peanut butter filling. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, and salt.
I’m using a creamy, all-natural peanut butter in this recipe, with a drippy texture. You may get slightly different results if you use a thicker peanut butter, but the good thing about this recipe is you can always adjust the ingredients as you go. (And taste test, too!)
There are two ways you can make the heart shapes.
The first way is to use a heart-shaped cookie cutter placed on a piece of parchment paper. Pinch off a chunk of the peanut butter filling, and press it into the heart shape, pressing it evenly towards the bottom.
You can make the filling as thin or thick as you like this way, but it might not be perfectly smooth on top. Repeat with the remaining batter.
The second way to make the heart shapes is to roll the entire batch of peanut butter filling between two sheets of parchment paper, similar to making a batch of sugar cookies.
Use the heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out as many shapes as you can. Then you can roll out the remaining dough again, and repeat the process until you’ve made as many hearts as possible.
Depending on the size of your cookie cutter, you may get anywhere from 8 to 12 hearts out of this batch. If you need to make more, feel free to double the recipe.
Carefully arrange the hearts on a large plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place them in the freezer to firm up. This can take 20 to 30 minutes.
When the peanut butter hearts feel firm enough to pick up, you can spread melted dark chocolate on top. I coat both sides while the hearts are sitting on the parchment paper, so they will easily release later.
Note: There’s no need to be perfectly about coating these hearts in dark chocolate. I’m usually too lazy to try to get the sides coated, so I just do the top and bottom. My family is perfectly satisfied with these that way, but feel free to let these chill in the fridge and then coat the sides, if you’d like to.
For an extra-delicious treat, top them with a little coarse sea salt, too! I love the sweet and salty combination.
The chocolate might solid soon after you add the chocolate, since the peanut butter hearts will already be cold, but I like to place them in the freezer for another 10 minutes or so, just to make sure the chocolate firms up.
Serve these cold from the fridge, as they will soften if you leave them at room temperature too long.
Wondering if you can use a different ingredient? Here are my suggestions below.
Need to replace the coconut flour? I’ve successfully made these using 1/4 cup of almond flour instead. I imagine 1-2 tablespoons of oat flour might work, too.
Want a naturally sweet chocolate coating? Try the 3-ingredient topping on my Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars instead. You can stir it together fast!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Hearts
- In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter, coconut flour, maple syrup, and salt. Stir until a thick, smooth batter is created. It should have a texture similar to a soft play-doh.
- You can make the peanut butter hearts 2 ways. The first way is to line a baking sheet or plate with parchment paper and place your cookie cutter of choice on top of it. Use your hands to pinch off about a tablespoon of the peanut butter dough and press it into the cookie cutter, using your fingers to press the dough evenly into the shape. Feel free to use more or less batter to create the thickness you want. (This will vary depending on the size of your cookie cutter.) Use your fingers to gently press the dough into the lined baking sheet as you pull the cookie cutter upwards, releasing the dough from the cookie cutter. Repeat with the remaining batter, filling the pan, then place them in the freezer to set.
- The other way to make the heart shapes is to roll the entire batch of peanut butter filling between two sheets of parchment paper. Use a cookie cutter to cut-out as many shapes as you can, then remove the excess, leaving the cut-out hearts on the parchment paper. Repeat with the remaining dough, and transfer the parchment paper to a large baking sheet. Place the pan full of hearts in the freezer to set until firm, about 20 minutes.
- To prepare the chocolate coating, melt the dark chocolate chips. Remove the heart-shaped peanut butter dough from the freezer, and then spoon the chocolate over the tops of the hearts. Smooth the tops quickly, as the chocolate may start to harden as it touches the cold peanut butter cups. Flip the hearts over and coat the other side. I don't worry about coating the sides of the hearts (it can be a messy undertaking) but you can if you want to.
- Sprinkle the hearts with coarse sea salt, if you'd like to, while the chocolate is still melted. Then place the pan in the freezer to set, about 10 minutes. Enjoy these hearts cold from the fridge or freezer. (We prefer the fridge for a softer experience.) They can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If you try these Peanut Butter Hearts, please leave a comment below letting me know how you like them! And if you make any modifications, I’d love to hear about those, too. We can all benefit from your experience.
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